Husker Hoops Unveils Non-Conference Schedule

USA TODAY Sports

Sweet 16 teams FGCU and Miami highlight the home non-conference slate with trips to Creighton and Cincinnati will provide key road tests for the Huskers.

The Huskers unveiled their non-conference schedule via Twitter this morning. This is a fairly challenging schedule for a team who is counting on so many newcomers to play important roles on this team. While there are several appealing games on the list including at least four teams that participated in last seasons NCAA tournament and two more NIT qualifiers, there are three teams that finished with an RPI of 325 or higher.

Monday, Nov. 4: Nebraska-Kearney (exh)

Friday, Nov. 8: Florida Gulf Coast – First #15 seed to make it to the Sweet 16. Took the NCAA tournament by storm with their up-tempo style of play. First regular season game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Last year: 26-11, RPI: 89

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Western Illinois – Defending Summit League regular season champs. Last year: 22-8, RPI: 170

Sunday, Nov. 18: South Carolina St. – This team wasn’t good last year. Last Year: 6-24, RPI: 340

November 21-24: Charleston Classic – The Huskers will open with UMASS and will play either UAB or New Mexico with a third game vs. an opponent to be determined depending on how the results of the first two games go. UMASS: Last Year: 21-12, RPI: 86

Saturday, Nov. 30: Northern Illinois – Another team that was very poor in 2012-13. Last Year: 5-25, RPI: 325

Wednesday, Dec. 4: Miami – This is the second home game for Nebraska in the Big Ten/ACC championship and the second Sweet 16 to come into Lincoln. The Hurricanes return only one of their top six scorers from that team. Last year: 29-7, RPI: 14

Sunday, Dec. 8: @ Creighton: This will be the first true road game for the Huskers who return All-Everything Doug McDermott. NU hasn’t beaten the Jays in Omaha during the regular season since 1995. Last Year: 28-8, RPI: 19

Saturday, Dec. 14: Arkansas St. – the Red Wolves won the Sun Belt West Division. Last Year: 19-12, RPI: 134

Saturday, Dec. 21: The Citadel – The third 300-RPI team from last season on the schedule. Last Year: 8-22, RPI: 332

Saturday, Dec. 28: @ Cincinnati – Another NCAA tournament qualifier, losing to Creighton in the round of 64, the road trip to Ohio closes the non-conference slate for the Huskers. Last Year: 22-12, RPI: 41

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